MS in Accounting

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Kaplan University's Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to prepare you for professional advancement in the field. Continue reading for more information about Kaplan University's online MS in Accounting program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Students of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Accounting online program have the opportunity to study advanced topics in business and accounting. The program's core curriculum addresses financial reporting, business accounting laws, internal and external auditing, budgeting, business income tax, and ethics. Courses are also taken in business communications and global economics. The program emphasizes the development of critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills. It is also designed to prepare students for national certification examinations, including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA®) examinations.* Students could choose one of four specializations: audit, finance, government, or tax.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Prior to enrolling in Kaplan University's Master of Science in Accounting program, you should have earned a bachelor's degree in business, accounting, or finance. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must complete 52 credits to earn the Master of Science degree in Accounting from Kaplan University. This requirement includes 32 credits in the core curriculum and 20 credits in accounting electives. Of the 20 elective credits, 12 are designated for an accounting specialization. Specific course requirements are subject to change.

Master of Science in Accounting Core Requirements

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • Regulation
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Ethical Issues in Business and Accounting
  • Advanced Managerial/Cost Accounting
  • Corporate Tax Decisions and Strategies
  • Business Communications
  • Economics for Global Decision Makers

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After completing Kaplan University's Master of Science in Accounting program, you could seek management positions in corporate finance departments, government offices, or consulting firms. You could become responsible for corporate taxation, cost accounting, auditing, or financial reporting. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Managerial accountant
  • Chief cost accountant
  • Chief financial officer
  • Vice-president of corporate finance